July 31, 2020
Ontario government announces one million dollars to support Highway of Heroes tree planting
(L-R): Col. Ryan Deming, Commander, 8 Wing; MCpl Trevor Vautour (ret.) and current Provincial Constable for Ontario Provincial Police; Ron and Barbara Johnson, Silver Cross Mother and Father (parents of Pte. Andrew Johnson); Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and MPP for Quinte West; Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation Ontario; Mark Cullen, Campaign Chair and Co-Founder, HOH Tribute; and Jim Harrison, Mayor, Quinte West.
The Ontario Government is honouring members of the Canadian Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country by providing $1 million to plant additional trees along the Highway of Heroes. Funding in support of this living tribute was announced on July 30, 2020 by Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.

“This project commemorates the bravery, commitment and sacrifice of all the Canadian military personnel who lost their lives serving their country,” said Minister Mulroney. “Each tree planted along the Highway of Heroes will not only benefit the environment but will be a growing reminder that will inspire people for generations to come.”

In partnership with the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign, the province is providing the funding to support the goal of planting 117,000 trees along the highway, which represents one tree for every soldier who died serving Canada since Confederation.

Highway 401 between Glen Miller Road in Trenton and Keele Street in Toronto is recognized as the Highway of Heroes, representing the final journey of Canadian Armed Forces members who died in service to their country. Over 52,000 trees have been planted under this initiative since planting began in 2016.

Mark Cullen, Campaign Chair and Co-Founder of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign said, "We're incredibly thankful for our partners at the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Without them, making this dream a reality would never be possible. This funding commitment from the MTO has us so close to accomplishing our goal of raising $10 million that we can now focus on completing our living tribute in the next wo years. Our sincerest thanks to Minister Mulroney and Premier Ford for believing in our mission."

For more information on the campaign, visit HOHtributre.ca.